Advances in chemistry are central to cutting-edge technology in a huge range of industries. As well as examples from the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors (discovering, synthesising and formulating the latest blockbuster drug for instance, or developing renewable fuels or recyclable plastics), chemists today are also creating the novel materials building the technology of tomorrow, in fields as diverse as electronics, aerospace, automotive and medical devices.

Our large, highly skilled, and technically diverse chemistry patent team includes attorneys working across the whole spectrum of chemical innovation. Whether the subject matter is dyes or drugs, catalysts or composites, polymers or pesticides, flavourings or fibreglass, we have the winning (chemical) formula: technical excellence, coupled with a wealth of relevant practical experience.

The clients we work for are as varied as the technical areas we cover, ranging from UK and foreign multinationals to universities, spin-outs and start-ups. Across the chemical, materials and pharmaceutical industries, we work closely with our clients to protect and defend their technology and have worked with many of them for well over a decade.

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Chemistry patent experts

Our chemistry team is over 20 strong and spans all five of our offices. The team comprises partners and associates, many of whom have been recognised and recommended as outstanding attorneys in their field, as well as our team of motivated and highly-qualified trainees.

All of our chemistry patent experts have strong scientific backgrounds, covering a vast array of chemical subject matter; the majority of the team have doctorate level, or higher academic experience. Some of our team have previously worked in industry and some of our associates have additionally gained hands-on knowledge of intellectual property needs within the sector, by working in-house on secondment to some of our major chemistry clients.

Our patent attorneys combine this broad range of technical ability and knowhow with a wealth of skill and experience in patent drafting and prosecution, enabling us to assist our clients in obtaining valuable IP protection for their inventions.

As well as drafting robust, carefully thought-through patent applications and prosecuting them at the EPO and worldwide, our chemistry specialists also have considerable experience in patent opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office and have a good track record of defending our clients’ patents against attacks by competitors, as well as attacking third parties’ rights. The firm also recently successfully defended a patent revocation action against a chemical patent before the IPEC and Court of Appeal.

Our patent attorneys are also supported by a wealth of expertise within the rest of the firm. Our legal services team have a strong technical background and considerable experience in dealing with regulatory issues and IP exploitation in the chemical, materials and pharmaceutical sectors. Our trade mark attorneys are well placed to assist our chemistry clients in securing protection for their trade marks in the UK, the EU, and internationally. The trade mark team is well known for successfully handling complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes through both opposition and other contentious proceedings, often in tandem with negotiating settlement agreements with the help of our dispute resolution team.

By combining all of this IP expertise, we can help you to protect, defend and exploit your technology at all stages of the research and development process.


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